I've been bitten by the touring bug and have decided that I definitely need to try this out. Only problem is that I have a family, including a seven-year-old, and I don't really want to spend two to three months away from them. My wife is game for an adventure, but I'm a little worried about the kid. He's already a decent cyclist on his little BMX bike, and he'll be almost nine by the time I can take a sabatical from work to actually do this, but I'm still a little bit concerned.
I'm tentatively planning on doing the Bikecentennial route from Oregon to Virginia, leaving toward the end of the summer. I'm already planning on carrying most of the gear myself, with a light load for the wife and probably no load at all for the kid. He's on the short side, and will certainly not fit a bike with larger than twenty-four inch wheels; possibly, he'll still be on twenty-inch wheels, which may make finding a decent bike something of a challenge.
So... any other touring families out there? Anyone else go on tour with small children and have stories to tell, good or bad?